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If you want to treat body pains without taking medications, then undergoing an acupuncture treatment is the perfect solution. Turn to Pinpoint Clinic in St. Helens, Oregon when you need a reliable acupuncturist.

Treatment Techniques

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Cupping
  • Electro Acupuncture

  • Heat
  • Cold Laser
  • Trigger Point work
  • Dry needling
  • Anadyne lazer system

Styles of Acupuncture 

  • Auricular 
  • Master Tung
  • Dr. Tan Balance Method
  • Physical Medicine
  • Structural 

  • Acu Nova (specialty for Eyes)
  • Micro Puncture (specialty for Eyes)
  • Traditional Chinese local needling
  • Trigger Point 

Acupuncture treatments for Eye Disorder (AMD, RP, et cetara)

In general acupuncture is used with good results on several disorders regarding eyes and vision. For example, AMD (age-related macular-degeneration), dry eyes, retinitis pigmentosa, optical sight dystrophia and glaucoma etc.  There are 1000's of Western Named "eye conditions".  We look at each person individually and treat the whole person, not just your "eyes".  We diagnosis your symptoms from a Chinese medical point of view and use a unique and specialized style of acupuncture to treat the "eyes".


We do not treat Western name diseases but have seen amazing results with Acupuncture for eye related disorders


Other eye conditions respond favorably to acupuncture as well. These can be but limited to dry eyes, calcium and cholesterol builds up, and other optic issues.


Research on acupuncture shows that stimulus with acupuncture affects the blood circulation significantly. With the increased circulation within the eyes, it provides good growth conditions for the cells and prevents the eye from breaking down and dying.

I have gained a lot of experience by treating several eye disorders with acupuncture. It is very important to emphasize that I am not a Western Eye doctor. I encourage all my patients to visit a doctor for diagnostics before coming to my clinic and after receiving treatment with acupuncture.

How exactly are eye disorders being treated with acupuncture?

For eye-disorders that are chronic it will demand an intensive treatment, especially at the startup. Approximately 14 days are required for adequate treatment, (5 days a week of for 2 weeks) which means about two sessions every day. The treatment consists one treatment, about 1-2 hours’ rest and then the second treatment. We do this Monday thru Friday, take the weekends off.


For patients that are travelling from out of town we do specialized programs of 2-4 treatments per day.  Depending on the needs of the patients we can compress our "2 weeks of treatment down to 1 week".  (Please ask for details)


Brad Whisnant also will be prescribing herbs that are specific for the eyes and I will custom make the herbal formula for your own personal health issue.


Brad Whisnant will also send you home with eye exercises and follow up instructions.


Brad Whisnant offers eye/face massages for continued healing.


Currently, the main acupuncture technique I use to treat different eye disorders, is a combination of knowledge and research. These techniques are from Richard Tan, Master Tung and the AcuNova. Acu Nova system is world renowned for its ability to help eye disorders.


Brad Whisnant has had over an 83% success rate with eye disorders.

FAQ about Pinpoint's Acupuncture for Eye Disorders

Q: Is this normal acupuncture why don’t more acupuncturists do this?

Dr. Whisnant uses a combination of traditional Chinese acupuncture, AcuNova, various “micro-acupuncture” systems that use ears, scalp, hands and feet, Master Tung acupuncture and other protocols depending on the client and the condition being treated. These three special and unique systems are the Micro acupuncture, AcuNova and Master Tung points. These systems are amazing for eyes issues and relatively unknown to most acupuncturists.


Q: How many needles do you use and where do they go?

Most sessions use about 4-15 pins, usually in the hands, feet, arms, legs and head. NO needles go in the eyes!


Q: Do you do anything other than acupuncture?

We use micro current, electro stim, cold lasers, acu pressure, eye exercises, supplements, Chinese herbal custom formulas, eye vision massaging goggles and vision testing by our local optometrist.


Q: What should you expect?

Most patients will notice some changes within the first 3-6 treatments. Most commonly noted are increased brightness, better acuity and a larger visual field. Your vision will improve as we move through the process.


Q: Do I need follow-up treatments? 

If you live close by we would suggest 1-2 treatments per week for 2 months following our 2 week intensive vision treatment program. This is a “general guideline”


If patients are NOT seeing improvement after their 2 week vision program (20 treatments) then we suggest a through blood panel to see what other medical issues might be stopping them from better vision. There are numerous reason why our vision can be comprised and usually a blood panel will reveal these medical issues.


Each person is different and each case of vision is different. I cater all treatment programs to best with the individual, time, money, life, travel, stress, medical outcomes and patient’s needs.

Below are some researches on how Acupuncture works for eye disorders:

An Acupuncture Protocol For Treatment Of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Second Report -  Alston C. Lundgren, MD

"ABSTRACT 
Background 
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the major cause of vision loss in older people. An earlier publication reported preliminary data. This follow-up report confirms earlier results and expands treatment parameters. 
Objectives 
To evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture to treat AMD and to explore treatment parameters. 
Design, Setting, and Patients
Case series of 108 patients (56 women/52 men, median age 76.1 years [range 47-96 years]), seen at a single private practice in New Mexico (US) in 2003-2004. All patients were diagnosed by their ophthalmologist as having macular degeneration. Thirty-two percent (32%) of eyes had wet AMD, 50% dry, and 18% were not specified. 
Intervention
An acupuncture approach combining periorbital electrical stimulation, ear acupuncture, and a French Energetic technique was applied to each patient. 
Main Outcome Measures 
Increase in visual acuity measured by Early Detection and Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Studies (EDTRS) charts. Results Overall, 69% of patients improved in distant vision and 69% improved in near vision. Patients with both wet and dry forms of AMD benefited equally. Half of patients had subjective vision improvement, 33% of patients gained more than 2 lines on EDTRS charts, 20% reported lessening or disappearance of scotomas, 7% of patients noted improved color vision. The only complication was an occasional ecchymosis and recovery was uneventful. 
Conclusion 
Visual acuity in AMD may be improved by acupuncture. Further research is necessary to optimize the protocol and elucidate the mechanism of action.

A Pilot study on how acupuncture works on treating patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa:
Ava K Bittner OD PhD, Jeffrey M Gould MEd LAc, Andy Rosenfarb ND LAc, Collin Rozanski, Gislin Dagnelie PhD

Abstract
Background

Patients with retinitis pigmentosa are motivated to try complementary or integrative therapies to slow disease progression. Basic science, clinical research and retinitis pigmentosa patients' self-reports support the hypothesis that acupuncture may improve visual function.

Methods

A prospective, case series, pilot study enrolled 12 adult patients with RP treated at an academic medical centre with a standardised protocol that combined electroacupuncture to the forehead and below the eyes and acupuncture to the body, at 10 half-hour sessions over two weeks. Pre- and post-treatment tests included Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study visual acuity (VA), Pelli-Robson contrast sensitivity (CS), Goldmann visual fields, and dark-adapted full-field stimulus threshold (FST)(n = 9). Scotopic Sensitivity Tester-1 (SST-1) dark-adaptometry was performed on the last two subjects.

Results

Six of 12 subjects had measurable, significant visual function improvements after treatment. Three of nine subjects tested with the FST had a significant 10.3 to 17.5 dB (that is, 13- to 53-fold) improvement in both eyes at one week after acupuncture, maintained for at least 10 to 12 months, which was well outside typical test-retest variability (95% CI: 3–3.5 dB) previously found in retinitis pigmentosa. SST-1 dark-adaptation was shortened in both subjects tested on average by 48.5 per cent at one week (range 36 to 62 per cent across 10 to 30 dB), which was outside typical coefficients of variation of less than 30 per cent previously determined in patients with retinitis pigmentosa and normals. Four of the five subjects with psychophysically measured scotopic sensitivity improvements reported subjective improvements in vision at night or in dark environments. One subject had 0.2 logMAR improvement in VA; another had 0.55 logCS improvement. Another subject developed more than 20 per cent improvement in the area of the Goldmann visual fields. The acupuncture protocol was completed and well tolerated by all, without adverse events or visual loss.

Conclusions

Acupuncture entails minimal risk, if administered by a well-trained acupuncturist and may have significant, measurable benefits on residual visual function in patients with retinitis pigmentosa, in particular scotopic sensitivity, which had not previously been studied. These preliminary findings support the need for future controlled studies of potential mechanisms."


Please see more at:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cxo.12117/full

We have so much more than JUST NEEDLES

We have vitamins, herbs, supplements, cold laser, neuro stimulation, electrical stimulation, cupping, ultra and infrared light therapies. Many of our patients get fantastic results with little or NO acupuncture. If you don't like needles? That OK! we have plenty of healing modalities to help you reach your health goals.